Ford moved its big SUVs to the new architecture. Expedition, and its luxurious sibling, Lincoln Navigator, are now using independent rear suspension. It didn’t take too long before General Motors responded. The 2020 Cadillac Escalade is going to use IRS, as well as the less-premium version, Chevy Suburban.
This is not the only change for the full-size premium SUV since it will bring more modifications and innovations. However, the new generation is not coming before 2021 or 2022. By then, we will be happy to see what 2020 Cadillac Escalade test mule is hiding beneath heavy camouflage. From what we could see, details from Escala concept are taking the huger portion. Although presented as a sport coupe, the huge Escalade and Escalade ESV will use design solutions.
2020 Cadillac Escalade Independent Rear Suspension
The new 2020 Cadillac Escalade will take advantages of the independent rear suspension system. The main one is way better handling. Also, the IRS is bringing lighter construction. It improves the fuel economy. Finally, it seems like the Escalade is going to be more off-road capable since independent rear suspension setup boosts performance on tough terrains.
The company is already testing for a while their new vehicle. Photographers took spy photos for few times in the past couple of months. The development speeds up since the new 2020 Cadillac Escalade will probably have a premiere in 2019. Whatsoever, test mules are under heavy camouflage. That doesn’t allow us to spot too many changes on the SUV. But, we know the vehicle is picking up details from the Escala concept.
2020 Cadillac Escalade Redesign
The new 2020 Cadillac Escalade is changing everything – concept, suspension, but it is not heading into a new generation. Instead, cosmetic changes are still a redesign. But, as we said, test mules are wearing a disguise and we can see that only dimensions are probably the same as before. Nevertheless, details will be unveiled as soon as we step into 2019 and until the debut, we will have a clearer image about the new Escalade.
2020 Cadillac Escalade ESV
The 2020 Cadillac Escalade ESV comes back and it is extended version of the SUV. It is 22 inches longer than the standard model. Although the height is not increased, the ESV model adds one extra inch for headroom thanks to interior modifications. Also, the wheelbase is longer. It makes 2020 Escalade ESV handling worse, but the IRS should fix it a bit.
Another big addition to the 2020 Cadillac Escalade could be en entry-level of the autonomous drive. That is part of the Escala concept. But the company is still quiet on this. For the start, the new Escalade will be able to keep the lane, and possibly the distance from nearest vehicles in traffic. Although the SUV will steer and brake by itself, the driver’s attention is needed. Possibly, the Escala concept could also bring auto-parking feature. The next generation of Escalade SUV will definitely raise it to the next level, where less attention from the driver is asked.
2020 Cadillac Escalade EXT
Finally, some fans are asking about the truck version of the 2020 Cadillac Escalade, called EXT. This vehicle was discontinued in 2013 and the comeback is not likely to happen. GM already has a wide fleet of pickups, so another one could make a mess. Also, the interest in sporty trucks is not so high anymore, and that was the reason why the EXT is not here nowadays. Most SUVs are able to finish most of the things a pickup is doing, so we see no purpose of Escalade EXT.
2020 Cadillac Escalade Price
The IRS could make the 2020 Cadillac Escalade less expensive. Current model costs $75,000. The next one could offer a more attractive price for a full-size premium SUV. An extended ESV version is more expensive with a starting price around $80,000.